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Does anyone know how compasses would be positioned when the wheel is snugged up against a companionway with no room for a binnacle cabinet?  The only thing I can think of is they are somehow built into the companionway or on a stand of some sort.  Thank you for any input.

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This the binnacle I built for my Endeavor (1770); this solution puts the binnacle over the skylight, with a compass either side, to allow for the helmsman to steer depending on where the wind was from.  The binnacle is unlikely to go over a companion as the crew need to enter/leave via the companion hatch.  However it could back into the other side and would therefore be a small construction.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Thank you very much Pat.  Looks like a neat solution and a very nice Endeavor.   The Jalouse Admiralty drawings show a ladderway directly in front of the companion and Caldercraft places the capstan in approximately the same position.  It appears there are no options to place a binnacle forward whether I follow the plans or the kit design.  I think modelers 200 years from now will be very lucky.  They'll have 1000s of clear digitized photos of pretty much any subject.  When building a model of an ancient 2020 automobile they'll clearly see where the steering wheel is and even the font used on the speedometer 🙂

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They also made "smaller" binnacles with no lamps, just the compass.  These were usually tied down and could be removed to below decks.

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Here is an example of a binnacle on a modern (1895) schooner C. A. Thayer. The companionway is offset to one side and the binnacle (the thing with the curved top) is tied down to the roof of the cabin on the ship's centerline, forward and below the boom rest.

 

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